Nov. 15, 2019

IRVING-RELATED: NEW

GENDER INCLUSION TRAINING HANDOUTS

It was wonderful to see so many families at the Gender Inclusion Training with Biz Ryan. Below are the handouts from the training, which are also available on the PTO website

The 2nd Gender and Inclusion training for parents and caregivers is scheduled for 19th from 7-9pm in the Irving auditorium. If you are interested in learning more about gender differences and positive ways to talk to your children about gender related topics, this is a great opportunity that is being offered.  If you didn’t attend the first one on 11/5 you can still attend next Tuesday’s session.  Please register at this RSVP link.

Handouts from the November 5th session:

Gender Action Steps & Homework

Sexual Identity & Gender Identity Questionnaire

WARM CLOTHING DONATIONS FOR LUNCH & CLASS RECESS

If you have any extra hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, or coats at home that your child has outgrown, please consider donating them to our Irving students to use during lunch and class recess.  Drop off any donations in the office.  We will set up a donation area for students when they are in need of items or have misplaced items and need an item to keep them warm and safe.  

 

IRVING RELATED: PBIS, SOCIAL EMOTIONAL, & SECOND STEP

 

SECOND STEP

This week our 1st through 5th grade students paused our Second Steps lessons to take the fall Positive Learning Environment Survey.  This survey is taken in the fall and spring and is a wonderful opportunity to gather student voice.  Our kindergarten students continued with their Second Step lessons and are on Lesson 7, which teaches students how to pay attention to people’s faces and bodies to figure out how they are feeling.  There are no home links this week. 

In addition to these emails, you can find information regarding PBIS and Second Step on our Irving Webpage through the PBIS & Second Step link on the left. 

As always, if you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to reach out.

 

GRADE

ACTIVATION CODE

(www.second step.org)

HOME LINK INFORMATION

Kindergarten

SSPK FAMI LY70

None this week

Grade 1

SSP1 FAMI LY71

None this week

Grade 2

SSP2 FAMI LY72

None this week

Grade 3

SSP3 FAMI LY73

None this week

Grade 4

SSP4 FAMI LY74

None this week

Grade 5

SSP5 FAMI LY75

None this week

IRVING RELATED: REMINDERS 

SAVE THE DATE: SPRING SING

This year the district is changing the format of our music concerts.  Instead of a winter concert during the school day, Irving will hold a SPRING SING in the evening in March.  These concerts will be under the direction of our new general music teacher, Mr. Deaton,  and Mrs. Friesen. So, mark your calendars now:

K & 1st grade:                                       March 10th
2nd & 3rd grade                                    March 11th
4th grade, 5th grade, & Chorus:            March 12th

A TASTE OF IRVING

The Irving Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to attend "A Taste of Irving" our community potluck dinner on Thursday, November 21st from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

Families are encouraged to sign up and bring a favorite dish that honors their cultural background or simply attend to celebrate the diversity that makes Irving a great place to be.

Sign up using the following link (More details Inside): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49abaf2aa1f94-thetaste 

ESSENTIALS SURVEY GENERAL INFORMATION

District 97 will be administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey again this year to certified staff and parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools, as well as students in grades four through eight.

The online survey was developed by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research and is derived from the Five Essentials for School Success, which is an evidence-based framework that identifies five factors that can lead to important student outcomes such as improved attendance and significant gains in test scores. These five factors/essentials are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

 

5ESSENTIALS PARENT SURVEY

The parent survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You may skip questions you do not wish to answer, but the survey must be completed in one sitting and cannot be retrieved once it is submitted. If you have more than one child enrolled in a building (i.e., two students who attend the same school), you have the option of completing multiple surveys for that building. In addition, if you have children enrolled in multiple schools (i.e., a District 97 elementary school and middle school), you may participate in the survey for each school.

However, only one parent/guardian per household may fill out the survey.

As with the student and teacher surveys, your identity will be kept completely confidential and your responses will not be linked to you. In addition, school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until Friday, February 14, 2020 by visiting http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/. This percentage will be based on the total number of students enrolled at each school.

If we successfully meet this requirement, we will receive our reports in Spring 2020. The results will also be made available to the public via the Illinois School Report Cards, which will be released in the fall.

You can access general information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey by visiting https://illinois.5-essentials.org/.

Thank you for participating in this important endeavor, and for your continued support of our schools and the children we serve.

NEWS FROM THE PTO

PTO MEETING: DECEMBER 5th

(Learning Sessions: Restorative Practices)
Our next PTO meeting will be held on December 5th at 7pm in the Irving Auditorium.  The learning session for December will focus on Restorative Practices.  Come join us to learn about affective statements, proactive and responsive circles, and restorative questions.

DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION

DR. KELLEY’S LATEST BLOG POST

District 97’s vision is that EVERY child experiences a sense of belonging in our schools. Belonging means access to teaching and learning that is engaging, stimulating and challenging for ALL instead of just a select few. Read the latest post in the superintendent’s blog, "Around the District with Dr. Kelley," to learn more about why District 97 believes in the importance of our students feeling a sense of belonging -- http://bit.ly/34Q0fnl

D97 BILINGUAL PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Date: Saturday November 16, 2019 (9am-11am)
Location: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch 834 Lake Street Oak Park, IL Community Engagement Space 1st Floor
Free Childcare!  Interpreters are provided for no charge when requested in advance by 11/11/19

The Parent Cafe is organized as an opportunity for parents to connect, learn, be heard, support, advocate and plan. This meet-up is a safe space to share ideas about what parents want and need to support our children in school and build strong families.

This is open to all parents and families of ESL students, parents with limited English, bilingual parents, and all concerned members of the community

To request childcare or interpreter service, sign up at Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/d97-bpac-meeting), or call/text Sylvia (Kim) Swirsky at 773-484-0371 or email [email protected].

Key agenda:

1. Vote on a BPAC Board President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

2- Registration for adult ESL classes starting in January

FREE MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

The Oak Park Public Library, in partnership with Rush University Medical Center, is offering free mental health assessments (through pre-scheduled appointments) for children and adults on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Main Library. A Rush psychologist will conduct the onsite assessment.

For more information, please visit https://www.oppl.org/news-events/announcements/free-mental-health-assessments-available/.

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

November 19th           Irving Turkey Trot (2pm)
November 19th           Gender Inclusivity Training (7pm-9pm)
November 21st           Taste of Irving (6:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
December 5th             PTO Meeting (Learning Session: Restorative Practices)  (7-8:30)
December 7th             Irving Cookie Crumble/Craft Fair

IMPORTANT LINKS

Below are links that feature important school and district-related information and resources.

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